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Five Themes Introduction

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Our next project deals with the Five Themes of Geography. On a new page in your wiki, you will list the five themes. These sections will be the five themes of geography listed below. Find 2 examples of each theme for the country you have chosen to write about. Add this information to your new page on your wiki.


Location - Most geographic study begins with learning the location of places. Location can be absolute or relative.


Place - Place describes the human and physical characteristics of a location. Physical characteristics include a description such things as the mountains, rivers, beaches, topography, and animal and plant life of a place. Human characteristics include the human-designed cultural features of a place, from land use and architecture to forms of livelihood and religion to food and folk ways to transportation and communication networks Give 4 examples, not 2).


Human-Environment Interaction - This theme considers how humans adapt to and modify the environment. Humans shape the              landscape through their interaction with the land; this has both positive and negative effects on the environment.


Movement - Humans move, a lot! In addition, ideas, fads, goods, resources, and communication all travel distances. This theme studies movement and migration across the planet.


Region - Region divides the world into manageable units for geographic study. Regions have some sort of characteristic that unifies              the area. Regions can be formal, functional, or perceptual.


     Formal regions are those that are designated by official boundaries, such as cities, states, counties, and countries. For the                                              most part, they are clearly indicated and publicly known.

      Functional regions are defined by their connections. For example, the circulation area for a major city area is the                                              functional region of that paper.

      Perceptual regions, such as "The South," "The Midwest," or the "Middle East;" they have no formal boundaries but                                              are understood in our mental maps of the world.


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